Summer of the Swan

A swan is coming to Hong Kong, and it is a temperamental one.

At the time of writing, Typhoon Goni (a Korean word which means ‘swan’) is situated at about 120 kilometres south-southwest of Hong and is forecast to move northwest or north-northwest at about 10 kilometres per hour. The Hong Kong Observatory has just announced that Typhoon Signal No.8 will be hoisted in two hours’ time. The swan is going to be pretty close. How close? See the weather chart.

This is the second consecutive typhoon for which Signal No.8 or above has to be raised. The last one was Molave, which stormed past Hong Kong less than three weeks ago. However, like Molave, Goni is unlikely to benefit the employees by giving them some time off. If this petulant bird continues to travel at this speed and direction, Hong Kong workers may wake up tomorrow morning to the realisation that they face a reluctant and wet commute to work.

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